Sunday, February 23, 2014

Spiritual Baptism (Part II)

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.” (Romans 6:4-7)

Secondly, spiritual baptism's overcoming nature is presented. In order to fully accomplish man's redemption, Christ had to die. He had to truly die so that He might be truly raised and be truly victorious. The immersion of the Spirit brings about an identification with Christ's death. Due to the power and presence of sin, death before life is a consistent theme in Scripture. The word that in verse four means in order that or so that. The reason for the death of the old inner man is so that, “...like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” The preposition from carries with it the thought of out from the middle of. God the Father completely delivered the Son out from the very middle of death's grip, and so will He do for all that call upon Christ as Savior.

In Scripture, the old man is also referred to as the natural man and the carnal man. He is the flesh. In him dwells nothing good. He is in complete opposition to God and His ways; therefore, he must be dealt with if the believer is to be victorious. When the Spirit of God takes up residence in the repentant sinner, the old man is identified with Christ's crucifixion for sin and thereby rendered ineffective. The word destroyed means to nullify, invalidate, render useless or ineffective, or to abolish. It is the same verb rendered make...of none effect in Galatians 3:17. The regenerating work of the Holy Spirit invalidates the lordship of sin in the believer's life. Prior to salvation, a person is given to serve their lusts and their father, the devil (II Timothy 2:26, John 8:44). However, after the Spirit of God takes up residence, the believer is freed from such tyranny. The believer no longer has to be led about by lusts and passions. Sensual living can be a thing of the past. Victory is now possible! Immaturity and unfamiliarity with Scripture will keep a Christian from believing and practicing this amazing truth. The temper no longer has to control. The thought life no longer has to be vile. Actions no longer have to be dictated by circumstance. The Spirit's power is now present; and what power it is!

Verse seven is very strong in its language. The verb is freed is in the Greek perfect tense. Emphasis is being placed upon the fact of this freedom and its power at any given point in time. Regardless of circumstance, victory over the power of the flesh is always possible. The preposition from is emphasizing distance. God has placed a distance between the believer and his old ways and he is not to attempt a reunion.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Spiritual Baptism

Chapter six begins a discussion on the reality and the results of spiritual baptism. Biblical baptism is total immersion. The verb to baptize means to fully immerse, dip, or plunge. It does not mean to sprinkle or to pour. The physical act of total immersion in water is a picture of what takes place spiritually at the moment of belief in Christ. To believe that this passage is speaking primarily of physical baptism is to be inconsistent with the heart of Scripture. Spiritual renewal is not to wash the “...outside of the cup and of the platter....” but rather, it is to “...cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also (Matthew 23:25-26).”

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” (Romans 6:1-3)

Verses one through eleven focus on the reality of spiritual baptism. First of all, spiritual baptism's imminent nature may be seen. Since man consistently seeks to justify himself while enjoying the temporary pleasures of sin, verse one begins by asking a rhetorical question. Rebellious reasoning may argue that God's grace is only magnified the more one sins. Self-righteous reasoning may also attempt to make this the perverted conclusion of chapter four and five so as to defeat the doctrine of salvation by faith through grace. In either case, such reasoning is answered with a resounding, God forbid! Grace is not a license to sin. It is designed to make faith productive. Grace has always been wedded to truth (John 1:14). The believer cannot rightfully live in sin because he has been made dead to it. When a man is discharged from the military, he is no longer welcome at the morning muster. He would be viewed as being severely out of place while standing in rank as a civilian. In like manner, the believer is made dead to his old ways. To return to them is unthinkable. It is also illogical. Sin's ways bring death while the Spirit's ways bring life. The two are mutually exclusive.

The tense of the verb were baptized, which appears twice in verse four, is focusing on a point-in-time action. Contrary to much false doctrine, the Holy Spirit is not given in a progressive nature. He fully indwells the believer at the moment of salvation as Ephesians 1:13 states, “...after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise....” This does not mean that He fully fills every believer at all times. The filling of the Spirit concerns the believer's submission to Him on a daily basis. Rather, this verse is teaching that each believer is given his full share of Christ's Spirit at the moment of belief. The belief that He will suddenly “baptize” a person after a ritual of emotional frenzy more closely follows the doctrine of demons than the doctrine of Christ.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Power of Grace (Part III)

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)

The rest of chapter 5 draws attention to the victory of grace. Sin did not enter into mankind by means of Satan. It entered by means of Adam. The Devil is an instigator for evil and the enemy of all mankind, but men cannot blame the powers of darkness for their sin problem. Ultimately, the responsibility rests with each individual. By means of one man (Adam), sin came into the world. The sin curse was pronounced after Adam and Eve disobeyed God. The result of their sin was death. Death is always the result of sin. Too many people believe that their disobedience will not be judged because nothing “bad” is happening to them at the present moment. This reasoning is short-sighted, and it fails to take into account the eternal affects of sin. The zenith of sin's death is eternal separation from God in hell. However, this is not the only death accomplished by sin. Sin destroys families, perverts society, brings confusion and never fully delivers on its promises. Death is the close sister of sin. Adam's sin nature has been successively passed on to every generation. A literal rendering of the phrase “death passed upon all men” would read “into all men the death passed through.” Spiritual death (separation from God) has pierced through the soul of every person ever born. The sin nature of Adam has been passed through to the soul of every child. No man can escape this fact. Nor can he fully deny it. If nothing else, the nagging of the human conscience bears witness to the need for restoration to the Creator.

The last part of this verse teaches the fact of individual accountability. All have sinned. Human beings are sinners by birth and sinners by choice. Sin is not some oddity in a person's life; it is the norm. The one who thinks he doesn't sin much is the most deceived. By such reasoning, he convicts himself with the sin of hypocrisy, pride and deceit.

(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.” (Romans 5:13-14)

Verses 13 through 17 are parenthetical to the main thought. The Scriptures are taking a short side trip to clarify important doctrine which will give greater understanding and appreciation for what is to follow. The law referred to seems to be the Mosaic Law. Sin was alive and well in the earth long before God's written law was given in 1446 B.C. The text says, “...sin is not imputed (logged down) when there is no law.” However, as noted previously, there has never been a time when some form of law has not existed. The first principles of law for mankind may be seen in God's commandments to Adam and Eve. They were to multiply on the earth and abstain from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In light of the fact that God's standards have always been in existence and mankind has broken these standards, death has plagued mankind from the Garden (Adam) to Sinai (Moses). The word for reigned is derived from a root that means king. Apart from God's intervention, man is subject to the king of death which has a firm grip on man's soul due to the sin nature inherent in every human.

But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” (Romans 5:15)

Truly, the effects of Adam's sin have been disastrous; however, the grace of God is so much greater. The word offense is the word for trespass. A trespass is the breach of a boundary. God established boundaries for man, but man has breached those boundaries and gone over the line. God's grace has been given, through Jesus Christ, in order that this trespass of God's boundaries might be reconciled.

And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.” (Romans 5:16)

A funnel-type affect may been seen in this verse. Adam's sin spread out and touched all humanity, leading all into eternal condemnation. The free gift of Jesus Christ has the power to gather together all the offenses and forever wipe them away with His blood. Man's sin has permeated every area of his soul. His depravity and wickedness have spread through the earth like a wild fire; yet, God's power and grace have the ability to gather together these offenses and bring them to judgment through the sacrificial work of Christ.

For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)” (Romans 5:17)

Here may be seen two kings. On the one hand is the king of death, reigning over his subjects with unwavering cruelty, bringing, without fail, to every body the ultimate reward of sin. On the other hand is seen King Jesus. The power of His grace dwarfs the abilities of death and frees the damned soul from eternal separation in hell. The oppressed subject of death cannot earn his way out from under the hand of his cruel lord; he must, in faith, simply cast himself upon the grace of the King, accepting what has been paid for his freedom. Thus ends the parenthetical verses, now Paul returns to the main thought.

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (Romans 5:18-19)

The unrighteous deeds of one brought great disaster to humanity; therefore, it was necessary that mankind have a substitute who could do no wrong. The word righteousness literally means righteous deeds. The word one is referring to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life upon this earth. He flawlessly kept every one of God's commandments. Every one of His deeds was righteous before God. Christ is sinless because He is God. As I John 1:5 states it, “...God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” Because Christ lived a sinless life, He was able to be man's substitute. He took upon Himself the sins of all mankind while upon the cross. He then died and rose again from the dead the third day. The grave could not hold Him because His righteous character would not permit His demise. In light of this, the man whose faith is in the work of Christ will find justification unto eternal life because he is clothed with the flawless character of a sinless Savior.

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” (Romans 5:20)

God's written law was given in order that mankind might understand how wicked he truly is. Law's nature is not one of grace but one of condemnation. Law is unforgiving, yet it is vitally necessary. Certain instruments of the physician are used to diagnose and expose ailments. These tools are not concerned with the emotional and spiritual affects their findings will have on the patient. They have one job- expose the illness. It is up to the doctor and the friends of the patient to offer helps of grace. Such is the law. It is not concerned with man's reactions and inabilities. It has one primary job- expose sin in order that it might be properly dealt with. Though the law is unforgiving, if it did not exist, mankind would not have the benefit of seeing more clearly the great depths of his wickedness. As Galatians 3:24 says, “...the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

The antithesis to man's offense is God's grace. Even though man's depravity is great, and his sins abound on every side, God's grace abounds much, much more! True, God's law is frightening and unforgiving in its decrees, yet the ultimate goal is that man might be driven to fear God and seek the mercies of His immeasurable grace! Regardless of the offense committed, the repentant sinner will find God's grace more than sufficient to wash away sin through the blood of Jesus Christ.

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:21)

The word that has the meaning of in order that. The law was given and grace provided in order that mankind might escape the lordship of death and reign in spiritual life with Jesus Christ. The text says that grace reigns through righteousness. Grace means nothing apart from the righteousness of God. The believer must never forget that his sin had to be paid for. This payment was made in the death of Jesus Christ. Grace does not empower a man to live as he pleases, it sets him free to reflect, without guilt, the righteous character of His sinless Lord. Thus is the victory of God's amazing grace.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Power of Grace (Part II)

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

Rejoicing in tribulations is the second rejoicing seen in this section. This rejoicing should greatly distinguish the Christian from the world, because such behavior amidst troubles is not natural. A believer who is not allowing the Spirit to fill him will not display this characteristic as he should. A false professor may also be distinguished by a lack of peace during times of trouble since he is void of God's Spirit. The verb worketh means to accomplish, work out, or produce. Whatever else may be said of trials, God allows them into believers' lives for the simple fact that they systematically teach positive Christian character. The word patience is comprised of two words which, when put together, give the meaning of continuing under a load for a long period of time. Therefore, the resultant meaning is steadfastness or perseverance. God desires that His children be steadfast under pressure, not easily moved to compromise or failure. This steadfastness in turn works experience. This word literally means, the quality of being approved; therefore, it may be thought of as character. Under the pressure of trials, patience is learned, and this results in character building. As character is developed, one begins to learn, through continual experience of God's faithfulness, that hope is always present. This brings the discussion full circle to the hope of God's glory mentioned in verse two.

Unlike the world's hope, this hope is real and will never put the believer to shame. The presence of God's love, through the giving of His Spirit, is sufficient evidence that such hope is worth trusting in. The phrase shed abroad has the idea of an action that took place in the past but is always applicable to the present moment. The love of God is sufficient to carry the believer through any trial at any time. It may be called upon regardless of circumstance or season. It is a love that is given by means of the Holy Spirit which is given once and for all to every believer.

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8)

Verses six through ten elaborate on the love of God mentioned in verse five. It is a self-sacrificing love, characterized by a willingness to give with no promise of return. This love of God that dwells within a Christian's heart should be a constant reminder of God's pity toward those who cannot help themselves. Christ died for the ungodly. Let every believer beware of an arrogant attitude that would keep them from ministering to those for whom Christ died!

The word scarcely means with difficulty. People are not likely to give up there lives except on behalf of those who would seem worthy. It would be difficult enough to die for a righteous man, and perhaps some would even be willing for a good man, but no man wants to give up his life for an unworthy wretch! Yet, this is exactly what God's grace motivated Christ to do. The word commendeth means to demonstrate or display. God's love has been openly displayed to mankind through the death of His Son on behalf of unworthy wretches. The preposition for appears four times in these verses. It means on behalf of. Christ's substitutionary work may be seen in the use of such language. Christ died in the sinner's place on behalf of the sinner who deserves to be damned for all eternity.

Such words as these give greater depth and meaning to the love of God spoken of in verse five.

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:9-10)

Sin must have a payment. In this sense, Christianity is a bloody religion. Without blood, it has not much meaning. For thousands of years, through the Old Testament sacrificial system, God pictured Christ's divine blood that would be shed for all mankind. Yet, as Hebrews 10:4 says, “...it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” Therefore, Christ's sinless blood was shed for the purpose of appeasing God's fierce wrath toward man's wickedness. The word wrath is literally the wrath in the Greek text. It is the specific wrath of God seen in “the great and dreadful day of the LORD.” (Malachi 4:5) The believer need never fear this wrath again since his soul is safe in Christ. Christ's death has reconciled (put on good terms) the sinner to God, and the resurrection of Christ assures future deliverance from death's clutches.

And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” (Romans 5:11)

The third of three rejoicings is now presented- Rejoicing in God. The word joy is the exact same word used for rejoicing in the previous verses. Ultimately, God's grace should spur the believer to rejoice in his King. Such holiness, such love, such divine grace leaves a man with no other appropriate response. Such rejoicing is only made possible through, or by means of the Lord Jesus Christ. Without Him, rejoicing would not be possible, because reconciliation would not be possible. The various religions that seek to rejoice in God apart from the work of Christ are empty, vain religions, because a relationship with Christ is the only means by which a man may truly rejoice in the Father. The word atonement means reconciliation. In fact, it is the noun form of the verb used for reconciled in the previous verses.

With such magnificent grace displayed toward unworthy sinners, what choice does the Christian have but to rejoice!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Power of Grace

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” (Romans 5:1)

This verse beautifully summarizes the doctrine of faith taught in the previous chapter. It is a tremendous verse to commit to memory, because in one short sentence it describes the pathway to God. It also reminds the believer how he is to live his daily life. In the Greek text, the sentence we have peace with God is emphatic. A raw translation would read peace we are having toward God. As evidenced by its placement before the verb, peace is being emphasized. This wonderful peace is continuous and unbreakable, and best of all, it is toward God. The peace of a clear conscience toward God is invaluable, but it only comes by faith in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. The preposition with means toward an has the idea of in the face of. Clothed in the righteous character of Jesus Christ, the justified sinner is enabled to stand in the very presence of the God whose glory causes the earth to shine. Apart from Christ's righteousness, the lost sinner has no hope of being able to stand in God's presence and is doomed to the fires of hell.

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:2)

Rejoicing in hope is the first of three rejoicings mentioned in verses 2-11. The personal pronoun whom is referring to Jesus Christ. By means of faith in Him, the believer has access into God's grace. God's grace makes faith productive. What profit would there be in faith if God's grace had not motivated the sacrifice of His Son? Many religions exercise great faith in false deities; however, this faith is not beneficial because it is toward a god that cannot save. The verbs in this passage beg comment. They are in the perfect tense. This, combined with context and Scripture comparison, convey the idea of an action that has taken place and is forever relevant at any point in time with the effects of that action continuing on for eternity. The believer has been given irrevocable access, by simple faith, into God's grace! One's mind is immediately drawn to Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” The second of these two verbs is next given, wherein we stand. Not only has the believer been given irrevocable access into God's grace, but he also is made to stand forever within that grace, and the greatest part of all is that this cannot be reversed! No wonder this verse ends by saying and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  In a grammatical sense, this phrase belongs with verse one, for example, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace...and rejoice....” All the words in between and around are describing this main thought. With this understanding, the believer's rejoicing in hope is made possible through his justification by faith. The prepositional phrase in hope has the idea of upon the basis of hope. Upon the basis of unshakeable hope of the glory that belongs to God, the believer can continually rejoice.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Foundation of Faith (Part VI)

And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb:” (Romans 4:19)

The phrase now dead is an adjectival participle which is ascribing a quality to Abraham's body, and its tense is very strong. The grammatical arrangement and the strength of the phrase are driving home a point concerning Abraham's physical condition. It would seem that when God reiterated His promise of a son in Genesis 17, Abraham was past any human hope of having children, as was Sarah. (Genesis 18:11) His body had no more human hope of participating in reproduction. Of course, such a circumstance affords God no difficulty; it only serves to provide a situation in which He will receive more praise.

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:20-21)

The word for staggered means to doubt or discriminate against. Abraham chose not to allow his circumstances to move him towards discrimination against God's promises. Christians can learn much from this example. Anyone can maintain a positive attitude toward God as long as hope appears to be near; however, it is quite a different thing to persevere in God's promises when all appears hopeless. The text says that Abraham was strong in faith. The verb was strong is passive which means that the action is performed upon the subject. With this in mind, the verb could be translated, he was made strong in (or by is a possibility) faith. This all occurred while Abraham was giving glory to God. Obedience and praise bring strength and hope. Disobedience and the fear of man bring discouragement and despair. God will bring people to the end of themselves so that He might receive all the glory while, at the same time, causing His people to focus solely on Him. The person who is seeking redemption must be faced with the fact that he will have to cease trusting in his own ability and rest solely in the ability of God. After redemption, the believer will be consistently faced with choices to either turn to the flesh and the world or lay all hope in God. Such choices cannot be avoided. A believer can fail in them, but he cannot completely avoid them. Paul was consistently faced with such choices. He faced impossible situations in which he was forced to remember this truth, “...with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)

Though old and worn out, Abraham chose to lift his heart in praise to God. He had no physical proof that such things would be. No, he had something far better- God's promise! And because of this, he was fully persuaded, being completely confident that God was able to carry out His irreversible promise. God's inability to lie (Hebrews 6:18) is far more stable than any physical evidence or support. The believer must get a hold of this truth! Righteous and holy decisions are not to be crucified on the altar of circumstance. No matter the impossible nature of the environment in which a believer may find himself, God always honors faith and the obedience that such faith brings. Abraham had every physical reason to doubt that he and Sarah would have a son, but instead, he chose to break the ancient mold of unbelief and take the Almighty at His word.

And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” (Romans 4:22)

On the basis of simple faith, God's righteousness was logged down (imputed) in Abraham's spiritual account. One simple decision of faith brought eternal reward and an undying example which has forever been recorded.

Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” 
(Romans 4:23-25)

The full significance of Old Testament events was often not fully realized until the advent of the New Testament dispensation. Abraham's dealings with God stand as a pattern for all to follow. As the Old Testament is read, careful observance must be made for ageless principles. The Old and New Testaments are not two different Bibles with two different messages. Their fabric is inseparably woven together for complete edification. Far too often, people read the Old Testament with the belief that much does not apply to them. Such a view is immature and misses the intent of Scripture. God gave the Abrahamic covenant as an everlasting guideline for all men to follow. Abraham believed God; therefore, God gave Abraham His own righteousness. Likewise, the person who puts their faith in Jesus Christ will be given the righteousness of God.

God the Father is referred to as him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead. The preposition from has the idea of out from the middle of. God has the power to completely deliver from the pangs of death. Psalm 16:10 says, “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” This prophetic Psalm depicts the power of God to fully raise Christ from the dead. Jesus experienced complete death and complete resurrection.

The who is referring back to Christ. He was delivered or handed over for the offenses or trespasses of mankind. This passage is not teaching that all men will be saved, because even though Christ was handed over for the sins of all, only those who come to God in faith will be imparted the benefit of such a sacrifice. Often times, a believer will say, “God didn't give me what I deserve.” It is true that the believer is spared the punishment of his sin; however, it must never be forgotten that Jesus Christ has received the full punishment of man's sin. God's wrath towards man's sin and wickedness must be satisfied. Christ has satisfied this wrath so that the repentant sinner might escape. The text also says that He was raised again for our justification. What good would His death be if life did not follow? Christ's death on the cross satisfied God's wrath toward sin, and His resurrection paves the way to eternal justification. Being absolutely sinless and the giver of life, it was impossible for Christ to remain in the grave; therefore, by His resurrection, the believer is declared righteous (justified), because he is given the righteous character of his Savior. If Christ had not risen, it would mean that something lacked on His part, but since He did rise, the believer can enjoy complete justification because he is nestled in the arms of Him whose righteous character has conquered sin and sin's consequence- death.

By the leading of the Holy Spirit, Paul has gone to great lengths to demonstrate this one main truth, justification before God comes only by faith in Jesus Christ. Faith is the foundation by which man comes to God. Faith is not simply used once for conversion and then cast aside. It is exercised moment by moment throughout the Christian life. Many people live as though they believe faith is needed only for conversion and “big trials.” Such is not the case. Faith is the means by which the believer rises in the morning, eats his meals, converses with others, works his job, and serves in the Body (the Church). If faith is not practiced in the smallest of daily tasks, how can it be truly exercised when the large storms arise? A man who never takes a walk will not be able to suddenly run a marathon. To say a man needs faith to eat his daily food is not being irreverent; it is simply acknowledging the truth of I Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” May each and every believer daily seek justification by faith and not by works. If true faith is present, worthy works will follow.